AirPods Max have also received the new Adaptive Transparency feature with iOS 16.1 beta 3, after it was reported last week that the first-generation AirPods Pro gained support for it. Adaptive Transparency was announced as one of the new features in AirPods Pro 2, but Apple seems to be bringing it to older AirPods models too, without any official announcement.
Adaptive Transparency works on AirPods Max
Adaptive Transparency improves the existing transparency functionality by reducing loud environmental noises like sirens, passing cars, loudspeakers, and construction tools to deliver an improved and comfortable listening experience. Apple had said that this feature relies on the new H2 chip in AirPods Pro 2 for on-device processing required to reduce external sounds.
It seems that Apple has been able to make it work fine with the H1 chip, which is available in AirPods Max and first-generation AirPods Pro.
AirPods Max users with iOS 16.1 beta 3 and firmware 5A304a can now see the new Adaptive Transparency toggle when they go to Settings on their iPhone or iPad. Interestingly, Apple’s website still does not show that the H1-chip-equipped AirPods support this feature, but perhaps it will change this month once iOS 16.1 is released to all users.
Beats Fit Pro also use an H1 chip, but so far it is unconfirmed whether they also support the new feature with the latest iOS 16.1 beta.
Here are the features that are expected to be part of the iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 release this month:
- “Satellite Connection Demo” for iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro
- Switch between lock screen and home screen wallpaper combinations from Settings > Wallpaper.
- Stage Manager is now available for 2018 and 2020 iPad models.
- Updated battery percentage indicator in the status bar
- Lock screen charging indicator has also made a comeback.
- Return of charging indicator and progress on the lock screen.
- iCloud Shared Photo Library
- Focus filter
- Live Activities and Live Activities
- Game Center: SharePlay support and deeper contacts integration
- Clean Energy Charging